VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The San Jose Sharks took no pity on youngster Mike DiPietro making his NHL debut within the nets for the Vancouver Canucks.

Evander Kane scored two times, main the Sharks to a 7-2 rout of the Canucks on Monday night time.

The victory strikes San Jose into first position within the Western Convention and extends the Sharks’ profitable streak to 6 video games.

Timo Meier, Melker Karlsson, Tomas Hertl, Kevin Lebanc and Joe Pavelski additionally scored for the Sharks. Martin Jones had 25 saves.

Bo Horvat and Derrick Pouliot scored for Vancouver. DiPietro stopped 17 of 24 photographs in his NHL debut.

The 19-year-old local of Amherstburg, Ontario, used to be known as up from the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s on an emergency foundation remaining week after Canucks backup Thatcher Demko used to be sidelined with a knee sprain.

“I do not really feel unhealthy at curious about hanging him within the web,” Canucks trainer Travis Inexperienced stated. “He is right here, he is the backup. I did not have another option. That is who we needed to play this night,” the trainer stated.

“I don’t believe he is disappointed that he performed. I believe he is lovely excited that he performed.”

Jacob Markstrom, the workforce’s beginning goalie, used to be slated to start out on Monday however used to be scratched as a precaution because of tightness in his decrease physique.

“Surely now not the perfect first recreation,” DiPietro stated. “However it is one thing I have dreamt about my whole lifestyles and to have the option this younger to do it, it is one thing that is certain for me, that I will take as a finding out revel in.”

As the sport went on, the younger goalie felt extra comfy and stated he will focal point at the issues he did correct as he continues operating on his recreation.

“While you focal point at the negatives an excessive amount of, you are going to really feel like an ant within the web,” he stated.

DiPietro struggled early, letting within the first shot of the sport after Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson did not corral the puck at the back of the web.

Logan Couture amassed the puck and dished it to Meier, who fired it previous DiPietro 1:04 into the primary duration.

The Sharks added every other objective simply mins later off a prime shot via Kane. Vancouver defenseman Ben Hutton tried to punch the puck out of the air in entrance of the web, however as an alternative despatched it in off of DiPietro.

When Karlsson added San Jose’s 3rd objective eight:48 into the hole body, the Canucks had but to sign in a shot.

Regardless of a gradual get started, Vancouver gave the impression to to find its means past due within the first, tying up the Sharks in their very own finish.

With simply seconds left at the clock, rookie Elias Pettersson sliced a go to Horvat down low. The middle hammered a slap shot previous Jones to place the Canucks at the board.

Vancouver out shot San Jose 13-Five in the second one duration, however the Sharks added objectives from Kane, Hertl and Lebanc.

Lebanc’s tally got here from a 2-on-1 by which Joe Thornton drew DiPietro around the crease earlier than dishing off to the right-winger.

The help used to be the 1,050th of Thornton’s profession. He handed Gordie Howe for 9th position at the league’s all-time assists listing.

It used to be additionally the 39-year-old middle’s 1,457th NHL level, tying Teemu Selanne for 15th position at the all-time issues listing.

“That is a fantastic accomplishment, improbable profession, and that is the reason one thing that are supposed to be truly celebrated and I believe our complete workforce and I are excited we had been right here to witness that,” stated Sharks trainer Peter DeBoer. “Gordie Howe’s profession speaks for itself however while you get a man like Joe Thornton that in reality passes him at the help listing this is a great accomplishment.”

Logan Couture stated he is speechless over sharing a dressing room with somebody who has handed a Howe milestone.

“It is lovely loopy,” stated the San Jose middle, who had two assists. “(Thornton) is a different participant, he is been a different participant for twenty years and I nonetheless imagine that he’s underrated. I nonetheless do not assume he will get the credit score he merits for a way international magnificence a participant he has been for twenty years. Beautiful particular.”

Vancouver’s 2d objective got here from Pouliot 12:06 into the 3rd. Zack MacEwen assisted at the play. It used to be the 22-year-old’ MacEwen’s first NHL level and got here in his league debut. He used to be known as up from the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets on Sunday.

Pavelski added the overall objective of the sport not up to two mins later.

“It is lovely cool, having a look up and seeing Joe Thornton and Pavelski correct around the ice and capturing on me,” DiPietro stated. “Clearly once they rating on you it is not too excellent. However I needed to pinch myself and simply keep within the second.”

Regardless of the outcome, Horvat had type phrases for Vancouver’s younger goalie.

“It is not simple to come back correct from junior and play an NHL recreation. So kudos to him for stepping up there,” Horvat stated. “And in truth, I believe he performed a heck of a recreation. He made some improbable saves in the market. We hung him out to dry for numerous the ones objectives and he had no probability on them.”

NOTES: Vancouver has positioned middle Brandon Sutter on injured reserve with a decrease physique harm. … Pavelski registered an help on Meier’s objective, marking his 400th NHL help. … San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson ignored Monday’s recreation with a lower-body harm.


Sharks: Host Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Canucks: Get started a three-game California swing at Anaheim on Wednesday.


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